Author(s): Deborah Adams & Kimberley Perkins
Publication Date: December 1st 2018
Genres: Adventure, Post-Apocalyptic, Thriller,Young Adult
How far will they go to restore the power?
It’s been lights-out for three months and society is already falling into chaos.
Teenage tech-genius Simon Harper and his team of fellow gamers have been searching for the cause of the outage since it went down. Simon and his twin brother West are often at odds, but when the key to restoring power drops into their hands, they’ll risk everything and join forces to bring it back.
Descend into an epic, young adult adventure, featuring family and friendship with a heart-skipping side of romance by debut authors Deborah Adams and Kimberley Perkins.
Mysterious deaths and disappearances are piling up, and unknown enemies are everywhere. As the brothers make their 500-mile journey to Waypoint they’ll have to decide who they can trust, and which secrets can be told.
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About the Authors
DEBORAH ADAMS and KIMBERLEY PERKINS are friends and coworkers. They share a love of coffee, literature, and teenagers saving the world. By day, they work for a defense contractor in Huntsville, Alabama as the HR Director and an Excel-wielding Analyst, respectively. By night, they build worlds with words and devour stories. For more information about Deborah Adams and Kimberley Perkins and their foray into writing, check them out on social media.
A Sit Down with Deborah and Kimberley
What’s it like to be working as a team to finish a book?
Kim – It’s great! It can be hard when you’re writing to experience the story as a reader. I’ve had it happen on my own, but it normally requires a lot of time away from the work before you can read it like it’s new to you. But with co-authoring, you regularly get to read content in your book that you didn’t write. Deborah and I alternated chapters. I would write Simon and Alex’s chapters, and then she would write West and Riya’s chapters. While I knew where the characters would start and where they would end up by the end of the chapter, often I did not know how they would get there, or I would imagine it completely different than what she would end up writing. Co-authoring means that you get to be a fan and an author.
It’s also really motivating. You don’t want to disappoint your co-author by not making your deadlines. So, even if I wasn’t up to writing, I would force myself to block off time to work on it. I’ve worked on writing projects, but never one this massive. I don’t know if I would have had the discipline to write an entire novel on my own, but when you’re part of a team, you push yourself more.
What’s the one thing you both would like your readers to take away from this novel?
Deborah – I’d like for readers to be able to escape. To go on this journey with these characters and be on the edge of their seats to see what happens next.
Kim – I think it’s easy for people to look at those who connect more easily over the internet and who don’t socialize in the traditional sense and think that they are somehow broken. To outward observers, Simon looks like he’s always alone, but he actually has a close-knit group of friends that he games with daily. We all have our own way.
Do you hang out together when you’re not talking about books to write?
Deborah: This question made me think for a second! Kim and I work together, so at the office our time is a jumble of work related conversations and book conversations. We were friends before we started writing, but we didn’t spend a ton of time outside of work hanging out.
*Exception* There was one fun double date we went on before Waypoint came along to see Wonder Woman. We should do that again!
Other than that, it doesn’t feel like there is any part of my life that our books haven’t permeated in some way. I doubt we could spend time together and not discuss our books!
Kim – There was one day at work when Deborah said “Okay, we’re not going to talk about the book all day.” It didn’t work though, and we haven’t challenged ourselves since.
How did this novel come to fruition?
Kim – It originally started with a book club. We started one at work and decided that everyone interested would read a book every two weeks. It didn’t work out, because not many people really got into it, but it did get us talking about books more. At this time, I read a book that I really didn’t like (I won’t name it here). It had a lot of really great reviews online and was part of a large series. I recommended it to Deborah because a lot of people liked it, and I wanted to know what she thought of it. While she read book one, I read books two and three to give it another chance.
It turned out that we both didn’t like it, but it did get us thinking about how this author had all these published works when their plots seemed to have some fundamental flaws. If this person could get published, then maybe we could, too. After that, we brainstormed about possible plots. Deborah came up with the idea of an object that was the key to saving the world. What if the key was duplicated, and no one knew who had the real one? At the same time, I decided that I wanted to explore gaming culture. Once we shared these ideas with each other, the idea became: What if it were up to gamers to save the world?
Thank you ladies for taking the time to answer some questions for all of us! To my readers for the giveaway “May the odds be ever in your favor”!
Happy reading everyone and happy December!